Even though Rajasthan’s Forensic Science Laboratory has said Siddharth Maharia was not driving under the influence of alcohol on July 1 when he rammed his BMW into an auto-rickshaw, killing three people, the police on Tuesday said they have enough proof to build up a strong case against him
The Forensic Science Laboratory report, which was prepared on the basis of blood samples of 24-year-old Maharia, indicates that no trace of ethyl and methyl alcohol was found in the samples.
The report, submitted before the metropolitan magistrate’s court here on Saturday, came as a shocker to many as breathalyser tests done at the accident sport revealed that Maharia – the son of Independent MLA Nandkishor Maharia - was driving in an inebriated condition.
The alcohol found in the breathalyser test was 152 mg per 100 ml, which was more than three times of the permissible limit.
“There are ample other evidence, which we believe is enough to prosecute Maharia. CCTV footage from the accident spot shows that he was driving the car in high speed and breathalyser test results are enough to build up a strong case against him,” a senior police officer said on the condition of anonymity.
He said Maharia’s erratic movements captured by Las Vegas Hotel CCTV camera showed that he was under heavy influence of alcohol and it was a crucial proof.
“We are in possession of bills of wine and alcohol Maharia and his friends had consumed along with recorded statements of waiters.”
“Maharia’s cousin Jayant Jakhar, who was sitting beside him, had also consumed alcohol and we have the breathalyser reports. We hope that CCTV footage of Maharia and his friends consuming liquor hours before the accident will be instrumental in prosecuting him,” said the official.
The police feel that based on only the FSL report, it will be difficult for the defence to make the court overlook all other proof against Maharia.
Relatives of the victims too feel that the FSL report won’t have much impact on the case.
“It has already been proven from breathalyser tests and the CCTV footage that Maharia was drunk at the night of the accident. We don’t think that the FSL report will bear much significance as all the other proofs are against him,” said Honey, the nephew of one of the victims Vishnu Lekhwani.
The accident also left several people, including police personnel injured, on July 1 when Maharia lost control of the vehicle. The incident had sparked outrage in the state with calls for stringent punishment to the accused. Maharia is currently in judicial custody.